Posts Tagged ‘Karen White’

Who Was Gail Grant?

We know her indispensable ballet dictionary—but do we know her? by Karen White After Cassandra Macino closed her long-running studio, she decided—as many owners do—to accept a teaching job at another studio. On her first day, she noticed copies of Gail Grant’s Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet on a table around which several…

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Editor Speak | Studio Safe Place

I know someone in prison. He’s a dance teacher—or was, before he was found guilty of raping girls he had taught at dance studios in two states. At this point, he’s been in prison for more than nine years with time still left to go. Whenever I read a story about a dance studio instructor…

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Did You Know? | Smitten With Astaire

History Connection He’s been called the epitome of classical ballet—precision in form and style, strength wrapped in a gossamer shell with the implicit elegance expected of royalty. David Hallberg, 35, an American Ballet Theatre principal since 2006 and the first dancer from anywhere other than Russia invited to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet, released a…

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Editor Speak | The Sad Tale of the Stolen Props

  I’m scrolling through the news, past stories about Republican party turmoil and the latest Hollywood sex scandal, when one headline shocks me into a scream: “What? Not again!” “Dance studio trailer filled with props stolen.” The reporter on scene in front of a strip mall dutifully explains that the studio owner isn’t as worried…

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December 2017 | Mail

Words from our readers Hi, Karen: I wanted to personally thank you for your article, Competition Zone: “A New Awareness of Age Appropriateness,” in the September issue. Several Encore client teachers/directors have reached out to me personally to express how much they enjoyed the article and appreciated your well-written insight. I so appreciate your individual…

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Wearing It Well | Curtain Call on the Art of the Catalog

Curtain Call on the Art of the Catalog by Karen White It’s a moment that never fails to work its magic. Your favorite costume catalog has arrived! Sure, weeks (or months) from now, making final decisions and fitting sizes might be frustrating, but right now, as you flip through the crisp new catalog, all you…

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Competition Zone | Winning With Dan Barris

by Karen White Another competition day is about to begin when Dan Barris, Dancers Inc.’s charmingly effusive director, strides to center stage and holds up a coffee cup. “Let’s toast to a beautiful day!” he says, while a host of matching coffee cups rise from the auditorium to greet him. Then comes the kicker: “You…

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Mia Michaels’ Next Move

Choreographer shares her skills—and her philosophy—in online subscription series by Karen White It might seem utterly unbelievable, but there was a time when Mia Michaels questioned whether she knew how to make a dance. She did know, of course. In fact, choreography came so easily to Michaels that she figured she must be doing something…

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Competition Zone | Scheduling and Beyond

by Karen White Scheduling. “It’s definitely a puzzle,” says Ginny Faubell, founder and co-director of Beyond the Stars. How else to describe the challenge of fitting 500-plus dances from as many as 30 studios into a workable lineup that stretches over a 30-hour three-day weekend? Brain twister? Gordian knot? Stump the professor? Insanity? As BTS…

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Editor Speak | A Delicate Dance

This summer, heat rose over President Donald Trump’s claim that the “tremendous medical cost and disruption” of transgender individuals serving in the military outweighed their value. While none of us in dance would question the invaluable contributions of gay and transgender individuals to professional dance, many of us in private studios have not dealt directly…

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Competition Zone | One Judge’s Symbiotic Spirit

by Karen White Nuala DeGeorge understands the paradox her fellow dance teachers face when they’re preparing students for competition. “You grapple with staying passionate and serious when you are teaching them, but in the next breath saying, ‘It doesn’t matter if you win,’ ” she says. “Where is the integrity in that?” As a competition…

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Wearing It Well | Costume Sizing With A Wish Come True

by Karen White Costume day can be the best of days—so many jubilant students! But if the costumes don’t fit, it can become the worst day. Students are sad, parents are frustrated, and studio owners face the nail-biting uncertainty of getting the right sizes in time for the recital. Erika Duszny, product development manager at…

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Did You Know? | Kate Harpootlian

Dance teachers often remind their students that the dance world is small, and that the people they run into today might very well shape their tomorrows. Dancer Kate Harpootlian will tour with the concert dance phenomenon Shaping Sound starting next month, not just because she is a former So You Think You Can Dance Top…

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Editor Speak | New Year, New You

It’s September—the New Year of the dance studio industry. Just as January 1 motivates people to exercise more or curb bad habits, anything seems possible at the start of the new studio year. This year, teachers everywhere vow, we’ll be sticklers about the dress code. We’ll draw up a lesson plan, watch our tone, dial…

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Competition Zone | A New Awareness of Age-Appropriateness

A New Awareness of Age-Appropriateness by Karen White Is it possible that age-inappropriate competition entries are losing their appeal? Caron Moore, founder and director of Encore Performing Arts Showcase, thinks so. “I feel that during the last two seasons, the sensationalism surrounding provocative routines is down,” she says. “There isn’t the same shock value.” Moore…

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Editor Speak | Weird Science

A headline in the April 20, 2017, edition of USA Today caught my eye: “People trust science. So why don’t they believe it?” The writer was grappling with the notion that while many people claim to have full faith in science, when they’re confronted with data that contradicts what they believe—regarding global warming or vaccinations,…

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Wearing It Well | By Design With Lauren Weissman

by Karen White How do you design a dance costume? First, you listen. “When I started attending trade shows,” says Lauren Weissman, “all the teachers were saying, ‘My parents are driving me crazy because the kids are complaining about all these sequins under the arms.’ ” Apparently, company designers had been outlining costume armholes with…

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October 2012 | One-Stop Shopping

Bundling is hot. The idea of lumping unrelated items together and selling the whole shebang for one price has always had its appeal. In times past, it was called a grab bag or a package deal. To today’s generation, it’s a bundle.

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September 2012 | EditorSpeak

The results are preliminary, but they’re a no-brainer to anyone involved in arts education. A study has found that “children that partake in music activity in a group setting are more prone to developing one of humankind’s noblest traits: empathy.”

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September 2012 | Handle With Care

Anyone who has sat through endless hours of repetitive competition numbers knows there’s something exciting about a dance that makes good use of props.

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September 2012 | Ballet Scene | Classical in Connecticut by Karen White

In a class at Connecticut Classic, a ballet competition, four boys were trying their best to master Colas’ bottle dance from La Fille mal gardée. It wasn’t the zippy footwork and sprightly jumps that had them flustered—it was a simple step into second position with the arms held high in triumph.

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July 2012 | EditorSpeak

The 2012 graduates of the University of Pennsylvania got some unusual commencement advice. Nipun Mehta, the founder of ServiceSpace.org, told the Ivy Leaguers that though everyone else might expect them to fly, he wants them to walk. What he said makes sense for all of us, and it seems particularly timely advice for our business-focused issue.

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May-June 2012 | EditorSpeak

It was only the first competition of the new season and boy, were the tears flowing already! I started to think: where are the TV crews when you need ’em? Drama, tears, girls in costumes making a scene—we had it all

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March-April 2012 | EditorSpeak

It made No. 4 on TenduTV’s blog listing “APAP Preview: Ten Things the Dance Field Should Be Talking About in 2012,” and I’m sure it has been popping up in your conversations more and more. What is it? The issue of intellectual property rights, otherwise known to dance teachers as “Hey, that’s my choreography!”

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